For those still smarting from the results of the mid-term elections, here is a song that may encourage you to embrace the new Congressional spirit. It...
The greatest mystery of the 2014 mid-term election is the question of why all of our leading analysts knew how important it is for Democrats to have a compelling economic message aimed at middle class voters, and yet we managed to get to the end of the election cycle without coalescing around an effective narrative.
When one wonders why the Cuban Embargo was around so long, Floridians used to tell me "It's politics." The same can be said of why the Cuban Embargo is ending.
We need to prepare our people and our businesses to prosper in a world where businesses have more choices than ever before about where to hire and where computers are increasingly doing the work of laborers.
For several months relatives and close friends of mine will verify that I have been predicting that the final Democratic ticket in the presidential primary will be Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Elizabeth Warren.
It is widely understood that the more GOP candidates for president adopt the priorities of the base of their party -- particularly hard-core opposition to immigration reform -- the more difficult it is for them to win general elections.
There must be a national Democratic strategy comparable to that developed by Karl Rove for the GOP. This is more than a compelling populist message.
Maybe just maybe the Democrats can save themselves and find a strategy to win in 2016.
When voters pass minimum wage hikes in four of the reddest states--Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas--but still reject Democrats nationally and, perhaps more troublesome, even locally, that should tell you something. It also provides more clarity in terms of the lessons of this election.
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking, "What did the voters want?" But the right question is why only 36.4 percent of potential voters bothered to register and vote? Obviously Democrats did not give those voters a good enough reason to take the trouble. Is the Democratic Party relevant anymore?
While Democrats debate the lack of a message and fight over what it should have been, they forget one major point: It is the presidential candidate who sets the party message in presidential election years.
The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it's their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party.
Over the many years I have been involved working within the Arab American community, I have had to contend with a range of myths and misunderstandings about both the nature and composition of the community as well as their attitudes toward major issues of concern facing the United States.
We can wait for the Democratic Party and candidates to change -- but we've been waiting for decades and it hasn't happened yet -- or we can take it into our own hands.
Driving a wedge between political ideologies backfires when the people you ostracize feel cut out and move further away from the centre than before.
No one else can more effectively reshape the message and policy agenda of the Democratic Party, and there's no better way for her to do so than with the platform of a White House run.